In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Born: 1811 Died: 1886
Liszt was born in the village of Doborjan, near Sopron, Hungary, in what was then the Austrian Empire (Doborjan is now Raiding in Austria after the Treaty of Trianon of 1920). His baptism record is in Latin and lists his first name as Franciscus. The Hungarian variant Ferenc is often used, though Liszt never used this himself. His father, Adam Liszt, was Hungarian and his mother was Austrian-born Anna Liszt, nee Lagen.
Liszt displayed incredible talent at a young age, easily sight-reading multiple staves at once. His father, who worked at the court of Count Esterhazy, gave him his first music lessons when he was six years old. Local aristocrats noticed his talent and enabled him to travel to Vienna and later to Paris with his family. As a result, Liszt never fully learned Hungarian; his later letters and diaries show that he came to regret this deeply. One letter to his mother begins in faltering Hungarian, and after an apology continues in French (his preferred language).
In Vienna he was educated in piano technique by Carl Czerny. His father had wanted him to be taught by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, but Hummel's fees were too high. Antonio Salieri taught him the technique of composition and fostered the young Liszt's musical taste.
He formed an early friendship with Frederic Chopin, but later fierce competition turned the men into rivals. He was a lifelong friend of Camille Saint-Saens, and the latter dedicated his Symphony #3 in C Minor to Liszt.
On April 13, 1823, Liszt gave a concert, and it is often said that the 53-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven gave him a kiss for his marvelous playing. An account of the episode can be found in the separate article Liszt and Beethoven.
Displaying 1-1 of 1 items.
Review: The talented Hungarian choral group Honved Ensemble Male Choir' brings us a rare treat, choral works written for male voices by Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886). First of the 7 movements are the dramatic 'Les Quatre Elemens,' written for the poems by Joseph Autran, and first performed in 1844 with piano accompaniment by Liszt, 'Titan,' written in Berlin in 1842 and based on the Franz von Schober poem, the politically controversial 'Arbeitercho/A Munka Himnusza,' and the heroic 'Le Forgeron,' (the Blacksmith) based on the Lamennais's poem. This is moving, all accompanied, passionately-sung music that stirs and touches us still, across the centuries!
Songlist: Les Quatre Elemens (J. Autran), Titan (Fr. Von Schober), Arbeiterchor (Ph. Kaufmann), Le Forgeron (E de Lamennais)
Displaying 1-9 of 9 items.
|Song Name||Arranger||Composer||Artist||Recording Title||Format|
|Arbeiterchor (Ph. Kaufmann)||Franz Liszt||Honved Ensemble Male Choir||Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Verum Corpus||Franz Liszt||World Voices||Celebrating Global Cultures||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Du Bist Wie Eine Blume (Thou'rt like unto a Flower)||Franz Liszt||Joan Frey Boytim||The First Book Of Baritone / Bass Solos Part II||Solo Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Es Muss Ein Wunderbares Sein (It Must Be Wonderful)||Franz Liszt||Joan Frey Boytim||The First Book Of Mezzo-Soprano / Alto Solos Part II||Solo Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Le Forgeron (E de Lamennais)||Franz Liszt||Honved Ensemble Male Choir||Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Les Quatre Elemens (J. Autran)||Franz Liszt||Honved Ensemble Male Choir||Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Tantum ergo||Franz Liszt||Judith Blezzard (Editor)||30 Sacred Masterworks||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Titan (Fr. Von Schober)||Franz Liszt||Honved Ensemble Male Choir||Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ye Sons and Daughters of the King||K.K.D.||Franz Liszt||Katherine Davis||The Green Hill - for three part choir SSA||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|